Giving birth


You're bound to have lots of questions about giving birth. Here we look at what might happen during labour, including the different stages of labour, how you might be feeling, what's happening to your body and your baby, and your choices when it comes to pain relief.

Giving birth

Hormones play an important role in all stages of labour and birth. Here we discuss the impact they have in terms of pain relief and other physical and emotional changes.
Having your baby at a birth centre or a midwife-led unit can be a good option. We discuss the pros and cons and the flexibility you have in choosing your birth environment.
Where you decide to give birth affects your experience. This article discusses the options available including giving birth at home, at a birth centre or at a hospital.
Find out about the birth choices available in your area in the UK. This tool gives you options and information so you can choose where you would like to have your baby.
What happens if you have your baby at a hospital and what do you need to consider before, during and after?
This article looks at how your body copes with pain during labour naturally and what you can do to manage the pain of contractions and birth.
What are the different options available to you for pain relief during labour?
Having a birthing partner present can make a woman feel supported in labour, so it is always good to plan ahead. Read about how a birth partner can help in pregnancy.
There are pros and cons to giving birth at home. Here we answer common questions about the advantages and disadvantages of home birth to help you make an informed decision.
There are a number of practical things you can do in labour to help you have a straightforward birth. Find out more in this article.
Here we look at the second stage of labour including birthing positions, 'bearing down' and prolonged labour. We also discuss how you can cope and feel supported.
This article looks at how to arrange a home birth through NHS midwives, your GP or with an independent midwife. They can also help you plan if you are giving birth at home.